Dandelion greens are edible and a rich source of Vitamin A. dandelion has been used in many traditional medical systems, including Native American and traditional Arabic medicine, Common Names – dandelion, lion’s tooth, blowbal. Latin Name – Taraxacum officinale.
What is it used for: Historically, dandelion was most commonly used to treat liver diseases, kidney diseases and spleen problems. Less commonly, dandelion was used to treat digestive problems and skin conditions. Today, dandelion is used by some as a liver or kidney “tonic,” as a diuretic, and for minor digestive problems.
• Prevent or cure liver diseases, such as hepatitis or jaundices
• Act as a tonic and gentle diuretic to purify your blood,
• Cleanse your system, dissolve kidney stones, and otherwise improve gastro-intestinal health;
• Assist in weight reduction;
• Cleanse your skin and eliminate acne;
• Improve your bowel function, working equally well to relieve both constipation and diarrhoea;
• Prevent or lower high blood pressure;
• Prevent or cure anaemia;
• Lower your serum cholesterol by as much as half;
• Eliminate or drastically reduce acid indigestion and gas build-up by cutting the heaviness of fatty foods;
• Prevent or cure various forms of cancer; prevent or control diabetes mellitus; and at the same time, have no negative side effects and selectively act on only what ails you.
How it is used
The leaves and roots of the dandelion, or the whole plant, are used fresh or dried in teas, capsules, or extracts. Dandelion leaves are used in salads or as a cooked green, and the flowers are used to make wine.
What the Scientists Say: There is no compelling scientific evidence for using dandelion as a treatment for any medical condition.
Side Effects and Cautions: Dandelion use is generally considered safe. However, there have been rare reports of upset stomach and diarrhoea, and some people are allergic to the plant.
People with an inflamed or infected gallbladder, or blocked bile ducts, should avoid using dandelion. Tell your health care providers about any complementary and alternative practices you use. Give them a full picture of what you do to manage your health. This will help ensure co-ordinated and safe care.